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on probation for domestic violence. tv's highest-paid actor headed back to work. should hollywood finally turn its back on a bad boy? and then -- want an nba championship ring? los angeles laker star ron artest is raffling off the ring he got last night. and he's here exclusively handing over the one of a kind gem. he'll tell us what his therapist has to do with it. it's all next on "larry king live." >> larry: ron artest later. but first -- new york police were called to the plaza hotel at approximately 1:30 tuesday morning. they found a 45-year-old man there and took him into the hospital. police say no charges were pursued as he was classified as an emotionally disturbed person.
a law enforcement official tells cnn the man was charlie sheen. there was also a woman in the room. joining us to talk about all this -- dr. drew pinsky. he's the host of vh1's "celebrity rehab with dr. drew" and the author of "the mirror effect, how celebrity narcissism is seducing america." mark geragos, well-known defense attorney. he has represented many high-profile clients. howard bragman returns, celebrity crisis expert and founder of 15 minutes public relation. and mike fleeman, the west coast editor of people.com. let's start with you, mike, what does people say? >> well, the latest is that charlie doesn't seem to be suffering any ramifications of this. he's going to go back to work this week. he's doing a cameo in a movie. he'll be back on the set of "two and a half men" next week. barely a hiccup. >> larry: do you know what happened? does anybody know? >> there are conflicting reports. his publicist says he had an allergic reaction to medication. a lot of people say that's not quite passing the smell test. police sources are saying that
he was intoxicated, irrational and trashing this hotel room. interestingly, he was not charged with a crime. he was not arrested. he was hospitalized and released. >> larry: do we know who called the police? >> no, we don't. we do know that denise richards and his two daughters were very close by and that denise actually went with him to the hospital. >> larry: but there was supposed to be another woman in the room? >> there are reports there was another woman in the room. she has been variously identified as a porn star, as a prostitute, but we don't know exactly what went on. >> larry: dr. pinsky, sheen reportedly told radaronline via text, i'm fine, the story is totally overblown and overplayed as far as the reality of the scenario. also reportedly texted, i know what went down and that's all there is to say. that's all he will say, under wraps. what do you make of this? >> you know, a series of things. one is this idea that it's an allergic reaction, let's sort of clear that up. an allergy means a rash, wheezing.
it's not that. could it be some sort of untoward effect of psychotropic medications? yeah, people can have that sort of thing. you have to add the score. if you have somebody with a history of readiction. who in my eye turned back to work far too prematurely back when he had his original domestic violence issues. and, now, once again is emerging with trouble and going right back to work. this is how my patients get into real serious trouble. if you remember when robert downey was struggling with his sobriety, is because he kept going back to work as opposed to taking the time. if somebody is being arrested by police and being called emotionally -- what is it, disturbed or emotionally not right, that's somebody who needs to take a little time and get treatment. >> larry: what can you conjecture the scenario to be? the hotel calls the police? >> my guess is that it was the hotel. if he's trashing the hotel room. that's the only person who would care. >> larry: -- in the room, why aren't you charged? >> -- or porn star, she doesn't care if he's trashing the room. >> larry: why aren't you charged? >> if you've got a credit card
that pays for incidentals. it's like the old joe walsh song, you get to destroy it. >> larry: can destroy a room? >> can destroy a hotel room as long as you pick up the tab. they don't care. unless -- the only time you get into trouble is when you pull a dennis quaid and you don't pay the bill. other than that, if you pay the bill, there's not any kind of an affect. >> larry: one might say, howard is a pr expert, stan rosenfeld represents him. why is it our business? >> you know what, is it our business. >> larry: why? >> because it's our business when he's on the number one comedy on television. he's the highest paid man on television. and the public gets to decide what they're interested in. trust me, the public's interested in this. the reason we're talking about this, the reason he's on the front of newspapers, is because it's getting eyeballs. it's selling newspapers. and we want to know.
and celebrities -- i'm not saying they're role models. i'm not that naive. there is a certain responsibility with being in the public eye. >> larry: all right. we mentioned his publicist is stan rozenfeld. he said in a statement, what we are able to determine is charlie had an averse allergic reaction to some medication. a later statement said charlie sheen has been discharged from the hospital in new york. is returning to l.a. today. everything else is speculation. it is, isn't it? mike? that's all we're doing here. >> yeah, it is speculation. we do know that he has this history. we do know that this is not the first time that something not just bad but sort of bizarre has happened to charlie. late-night thing involving something like this is just sort of history repeating itself. and i think what people are asking is, what's going on here? why doesn't he get better? why does this just keep on going? >> larry: the network, cbs, does not have a comment. does that surprise you? >> no, it doesn't. look, "two and a half men," they've been through this. >> as long as their ratings are up, they're going to have absolutely no comment. >> larry: classic network,
right? >> exactly. what do they care? increase ratings. >> charlie sheen's contract was up right around the time of the domestic violence case. and they were begging him to come back. they wanted him. he didn't even want to come back initially to "two and a half men." and they gave him buckets full of money. >> larry: denise richards who has been on this program in the past was on "joy behar" last night. she had this to say. watch. >> the police arrived to find charlie drunk and naked in his room. tables and chairs were thrown around the room. $7,000 worth of damage to the room. and he had been out partying and returned with a woman to the room. those are the reports. >> okay. >> so you don't known exactly what happened. did you go to the hospital with him? >> um, i do know what happened. i would rather -- >> oh, you do know. you just don't want to talk about it. okay, i'm just telling you what i read. >> i did go to the hospital.
>> you did go to the hospital. how is he doing? can you tell me that? >> i'll let you ask charlie. >> when's he coming on my show? >> maybe we'll get him on tomorrow. >> you think so? >> no, you know what, the thing is, it's very -- my daughters are 5 and 6 years old. at an age where they can start to understand. they have no idea what went on. and i'm -- a lot of our stuff happened when they were much younger, which i'm so grateful for. we're in an amazing place. we've been getting along great for the last year and a half. and, you know, we're doing our best. so as far as that situation, i'm trying to protect the girls from it as much as possible. >> larry: he is a great father, drew, wonderful man. >> listen, anyone -- >> larry: martin sheen. >> yeah, listen, anyone who ever met him, everyone loves him. he is a great guy. that's what makes this also very, very sad and scary. >> larry: so what's the puzzle? is it alcohol? >> if he was intoxicated with alcohol -- denise did not deny that. somebody with his addiction
history that is very serious. that is no fooling. that is someone who is deeply in their condition. and they're going to have to take time and time out of their life. it's the craziest thing, larry. all my patients who have celebrities and working are drawn back to their work so prematurely. if they had cancer, they would take the three months necessary to do the treatment. but for some reason, we all want to think of addiction as -- >> that's a really good point because it's -- >> it's equally as life threatening. >> equally life threatening. they never consider it in the same terms. i use that example all the time. i said if i'm the oncologist and i'm telling you you can't go back to work, you'd listen to me. >> they say, well, i got it under control. >> larry: take a break. and let me be devil's advocate here and say, isn't it a good idea to go back to work? is hollywood an enabler? we'll try to answer that next.
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an adverse reaction to medication. thanks. >> larry: that's funny. howard, why not a good idea to go back to work? >> well, it's a good idea for people who are making money off charlie sheen. they all think it's a great idea. this is a billion dollar franchise, this show. but it's not a good idea because he has a problem he has to resolve. i would say what happened this week is something that's going to go away. this isn't going to define him. it doesn't look like they'll really be criminal charges. what's important to understand, unless he fixes it, it's going to happen again. >> larry: the story is, mark, that your personal life, if it's terrible, is supposed to affect your professional life. it seems to work in reverse for charlie sheen. >> it absolutely seems to work in reverse. >> larry: -- the show will be renewed for seven years. >> draws a knife, does anything else, ratings go up. >> larry: how do you explain that? >> his character on the show is endearing.
people tend to confuse the character with the person. and they will give you a lot of flack -- a lot of slack as opposed to a lot of flack. because of that. in representing clients, i can tell you, whatever the last character they're identified with is going to be how the public reacts to whatever offense they're embroiled in. >> you do this once, it's like, oh, my god, look what happened to charlie sheen. after 28 times that it happened, you roll your eyes and go, it's charlie again. >> larry: does he sell magazines? >> probably not as many as you would imagine from the amount of coverage. he sells a lot of newspapers. and he probably gets a lot of viewers on the entertainment shows. i think his case is a difficult one for a weekly magazine. it's repetitive. it's kind of sad. >> larry: not the cover? >> no, he's not the cover. >> larry: what do we know, drew, about his rehab history?
what's known? >> not a lot. it's been shrouded in secrecy, as well it should be, but people have always talked about the fact that he had severe addiction, he got into recovery. his dad has spoken about his issues. what's clear, what seems to be clear, is that he has had good treatment. he's been active in the program. and he knows what he needs to do. and that actually can be a liability for someone that relapses after long periods of sobriety because they know how to talk the talk. they say they're going to do it, but, in fact, because the reason they can't go back to work is, it is delicate work. and it needs to be focused. it can't be distracted by things like a television program. >> larry: there's no arrest, howard. what's the effect on reputation now? >> you know, what's happening is, you said cbs didn't say anything. there's a lot of talking going on at cbs. cbs -- >> larry: they're not going to drop the show? >> they're talking to charlie's reps. >> larry: and saying? >> and saying, you know what, we got a problem and we have to fix this and -- i can assure you there's plenty of meeting and
plenty of things going on. we don't want to happen is, god forbid, charlie kills himself or somebody else and we go, oh, my god, we should have done something. >> larry: what can cbs do? >> right now, they can talk to his reps and they can say, we have a problem. cbs is concerned with insurability of the show. of the show being able to go on. they can put a lot of pressure on him. this man makes a lot of money. >> look, what if he were a student or john q. employee somewhere? you'd say, get a note from your doctor. before you can return safely to the workplace, we need to know you're following the doctor's directions. >> which will never happen in this case because he's a money machine. >> larry: does he need a good lawyer? he got himself out of the last incident. >> larry: he's on probation. can this affect that? >> well, potentially, i suppose, but i doubt it. there doesn't seem to be anything here other than -- i mean, the hospital takes him.
he seems disturbed. there's no law. you can't tell somebody, put them on probation and say, you shall not be disturbed. there's not they can do to him. >> i don't think anybody wants to carry this case forward. the new york police department doesn't. the hotel doesn't. alleged woman. >> if they had found him in the street, they probably would have taken him to a hotel. they find him in the hotel, they have to take him to the street. it's not a good situation for the police. >> larry: what should charlie be doing now? what's the best advice we can give him right after this. uys l? hamburger helper. what?! one pound... one pan... one tasty meal!
>> larry: ron artest of the world champion lakers, still to come. we're with dr. drew pinsky, mark geragos, howard bragman and mike fleeman. we're talking about charlie sheen. he signed a new contract last summer to continue with the sitcom. he's on the top sitcom on television. what should he do? >> he needs -- you know, it's funny, we've been -- i've been sitting here -- how many times the three of us have sat here and talked about people who are suffering and who are really in danger and need to do something about it. charlie is one of these people. it would be get a team of people who understand and can assess him and do what they tell you to do. i suspect it will mean three months in an intensive program
of some type. >> larry: cbs going to put up with that? >> they may not have a choice. i think what charlie needs to do from a professional standpoint is exactly what he's doing. he's not trying to be anything other than what he is. and i think one of the reasons why he's not suffering the same fate as perhaps another entertainer and celebrity is he's the bad boy. he's doing the best he can. he doesn't try to preach something else. his image is not taking a hit because this is his image. >> it's interesting to me that magazines and the press take such aim at the women with the same condition. charlie and lindsay are not that different. >> mel gibson may disagree. >> the fact is, we really reserve a special sort of aggression for women that suffer from these conditions. >> no, lindsay lohan, but she's half his age and she's a very tragic story and she's probably the most analogous to this. yeah, i think there is a double standard. but, again, mel gibson may beg to differ. >> larry: his problem is violence, isn't it, mark? >> the only time it becomes a
problem. i always say, look, if you drink, fine. as long as there isn't violence connected with it, then what's the big deal? and you're not getting into a car. as long as you're not hurting anybody. if you start to cross the line where you get violent, that's a real problem. and that's, you know, here at least, i don't know if that happened. if he trashed the room, you know, there's a difference between property crimes and crimes against people. but if there's a person in there and if the kids are in the next room, then that's a -- that's something scary. >> larry: would a pr person let him come out like on a show, like this show or another show? >> no. >> larry: talk about his life? >> there's absolutely -- >> why not? >> are you kidding? he'd be on the phone with me. we've done this recently. we've done this within the last month and just said no way. >> the thing is, he's already done it. i sat down with him for an hour right after -- amidst his divorce from denise. we had a long interview. he said, look, i got problems, i'm doing the best i can. i'm trying to recover.
i'm trying to move on. they've done that. >> the public wants a catharsis. we haven't seen the catharsis. we're willing to forgive a lot of things. but we can't want it, we can't forgive him more than he's willing to forgive himself. we want to hear him say, i have a problem. he says that by going to rehab. by taking some time off from the show. yeah, cbs is probably going to shoot me tomorrow. i'll get nasty e-mails from them. but they have to save this man's life, number one, and the show will be fine. i'm not worried about cbs. >> larry: so they can't say, it's none of our business? >> you know, this is more your area. i mean, to what extent does a employer have to bring somebody back in a safe condition before they allow him to return to work? >> i don't think they have much leverage in this case. i don't know even if they did they would use it. because, as i said before, it's a money machine, number one. and they don't really -- as long as he shows up to work. as long as he's not missing work. they've got real problems trying to get him to do anything. and i don't really think they've
got the incentive to have him do anything other than just get back here and stay out of trouble. >> you know, what's remarkable to me, and i heard dr. drew talk about, how's this guy going to survive? is he going to survive this? we've been writing stories about charlie for 20 years, you know. has he finally hit rock bottom? you know, he just seems to keep bouncing along the bottom. >> it gets more dangerous. it's a progressive condition. it's a potentially fatal condition. >> larry: fatal? >> addiction, for sure. listen, everyone loves this guy. everyone. he's a great guy. this is a really sad story we're watching here. we all hope that somebody brings to bear what it is he needs to do. >> the three of us have seen it. the people who partied in their 20s, if they're still partying in their 40s, they're really partying in their 40s and the body is not as forgiving in the 40s as it is in the 20s. >> it's a progressive disorder and it leads to jail, death or institutionalization. by the way, back when we -- >> or legal fees. >> they've all been through
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a pill to cure it? >> oh, that is the great holy grail of addiction treatment. and as for every addict, they wish for that time, that something -- >> larry: there is an alcohol pill, isn't there? >> no. i'm going to make a prediction, we'll never be able to turn an alcoholic into a normal drinker with a pill. yes, there's tons of research being done on pharmaceutical interventions. >> larry: why is it so hard? >> well -- >> larry: let's say to the nonaddict, why is it so hard? >> although there are literally -- people spend their careers asking that question. institutions are dedicated to it. let me just say that probably because it's a multidimensional disorder with spiritual, emotional and biological components. if you solve one, you still have some other things to deal with. >> larry: if you're an addictive personality? >> the question is, can we prevent it from coming on? i do believe that will happen some day. once the biology's activated, it
affects -- >> larry: is it genes? account for at least 60% of the disease. >> larry: is the law handling it well? mark? >> no, i don't think so. i think it's one of the most frustrated areas of the law. you can go into the criminal courts building downtown and sit in any courtroom and 80% of the cases there revolve around addiction. i mean, literally, 80%. whether it's a burglary, auto burglary or burglary or robbery, anything. and then your standard possession with intent to sell. you wonder, okay, it's $12,000 a day for each courtroom and there's 300 courtrooms dedicated to this, and we're spending all of this money processing the same people and recycling the same people. it's insanity. >> larry: if it's usage, why not legalize? >> well, i -- because that just scares the bejesus out of people. i mean, if you took -- first of all, if you took the profit motive out of this, you wouldn't have, you know, mexico becoming
a narco country -- >> larry: innocent people -- >> right. i mean, it's a disaster down there because we are the demanders for their supply. and then our whole system is based upon kind of recycling these same people. who if they just took one quarter of that money and channeled it over into doing what drew does, you'd solve an incredible amount of this problem. >> larry: you might be out of work. >> i'm going to try to keep busy. i know my role here. dr. drew has to be number one in this equation. because you have to fix the core problem. mark has to keep 'em free, keep 'em on streets. and then, only then, can i try and do my job. >> larry: and what's people's role? >> to inflame the situation. >> to try to cover it accurately and compassionately and do the best we can. look, i think there's hope here. and his name is robert downey jr. i sat in court month after month, the man talking about putting the shotgun in his mouth
and loving the taste of the metal when he was on the highway to hell. robert downey jr., charlie sheen -- they're about the same age. they grew up in the same social circles. they might have even gone to the same high school. robert downey jr. is the biggest star in hollywood right now. and all of it has been forgotten. there is hope for charlie sheen. >> one quick caveat, he took two years off to do it. he dropped out and contemplated he would never work again. >> he didn't drop out, he was -- >> he went to prison for a while. >> he went through a prison rehab program. >> by the way, we always -- which really didn't work. we always use robert downey jr. who is wonderful and an idol and a role model. but i could name 20 that didn't make it unfortunately. >> larry: thank you all very much. we wish charlie the best certainly. ron artest and his newly minted nba championship ring. they're both here. the ring is here. ron is here. a graduate of st. john's university of new york city. a great basketball player. and an nba championship -- champion.
>> larry: he is an extraordinary athlete. he's ron artest. a member of the nba championship los angeles lakers. he got his ring just last night. he's already going to give it away. if you want to learn more about this, you go to ronartest.com or cnn.com/larryking. we'll give you more information. the ceremony was last night. where the rings were given out.
the commissioner was there. and we have the ring right here. in fact, if we can get a good shot of it. has anybody put a value on this, ron? >> well, you know, a couple people -- a couple of my friends, entertainment friend, when i first told people i was going to put the ring up for auction, to benefit mental health awareness, a couple people said, i'll buy it for 100,000, 200,000, things like that. i was like, i'd rather give more people the opportunity to get it because i want to get the message out. it's not about the money. it's more about the message. >> larry: the lakers gave one of these to each of their members. other people get it too, right? do they give it to their announcers? >> some of the announcers. the coaches. the trainers. of course the ownership and management. and then the players. >> larry: you want to keep it? >> i did. you know what, when i was -- they was taking my size for order, i said, okay, if i get a size 14, if i get a size 15, when i get the ring, i might keep it.
i ordered a size 11 so i could stick to the script. >> larry: why mental health? >> you know, i'm kind of emotionally attached and invested in trying to better, like, the youth and mainly people who grew up like i grew up. i had a lot of mental health issues in my family in my household, from cousins, aunties. anger management myself, when i was a younger player. i know guys who had a chance, you know, to make it, academics or athletics, but go back to the streets, you know, and they go to jail or get murdered and things like that. i'm trying, you know, catch it -- trying to catch these kids right where the turning point could possibly affect their lives negatively. i think it's important that people understand the whole message. >> larry: you're a great athlete. st. johns. played two years there. all american. drafted 16. first round. chicago bulls.
you wind up in indianapolis, right? >> yes. >> larry: you've been in the nba how long? >> 11 years. >> larry: and what was -- if we had to put it some way, your problem? we all remember that great -- that incredible night in indianapolis. >> on your birthday. >> larry: that was my birthday? >> yes, unfortunately. >> larry: you ran off the court. >> yes. >> larry: and attacked a fan. >> yes. >> larry: why? what happened? >> well, you know, that was one incident that had nothing to do with, like, you know, anger management or mental health. it was more reaction. but it was other things i've done in my career that i kind of regret. but that night was, you know, a guy -- i actually know the guy. john green. i could call his house right now if i wanted to. we're kind of buddies. the guy who threw the beer. i lost $7 million due to that. but he apologized. and i took most of the heat. you know, for that night. but that night was just more of a -- there was just so much crazy stuff going on from the foul to ben wallace to ben wallace throwing stuff and hitting me. to me trying to relax. to the guy throwing beer, hitting me in my face. and then the rest is history.
>> larry: how did you get the reputation? people -- i'll give you an example. i had lunch with the owner of indianapolis. nice guy. >> yes. >> larry: loves you. >> mr. simon. >> larry: great guy. loves you. but he had -- he wanted you to leave. >> yes. >> larry: how do you explain that? >> well, you know, when i first got into college, i'm fresh out of the ghetto. so once i get out of college, i do two years -- once i get out of high school, two years in college, right to the nba. so you're getting a kid who was transitioning from the ghetto to becoming rich overnight. and the mentality never changed, you know? >> larry: you're still a ghetto kid? >> definitely still ghetto kid. the mentality never changed. so i had to actually adjust to my environment, my new environment, which is hard for me, because, you know, i'm fresh, you know, i'm still like a ticking time bomb so to speak
so i had to kind of evolve. >> larry: you went from having no money to having how much? >> you know, having no money to signing $3 million deal. with the option of $4 million, $5 million deal, something like that. i was spending so much of it at a young age, i forgot. >> larry: what did it mean? money meant nothing to you. >> no, absolutely, i put no importance on it. you know, it was times i was self-destructive. you know, where i know it can hurt my future. i know i have a chance to make tons of money. and have my family set for life. but there were times when i was like, you know what, who cares about that? i'm ghetto. i had this mentality that it was just so bad -- >> larry: how did it affect your play? you're one of the best defensive players in all of basketball. >> yes. how did it hurt you? >> being one of the best
defensive players of all time, you know, it definitely affected me, because i had emotional -- like it was an emotional roller coaster. i have highs. i have lows. you know? i had my first baby when i was 16 with my wife. we been together for 17 years, since i was 14 years old. but i was transitioning, trying to become a father, nba player, all the stuff going, you know, through my mind. so any little thing that i didn't address at that time, i will hold it all in, hold it all in. sometimes it would lead to experimenting with things that i should not experiment with. drinking a little bit too much alcohol. and trying to be an athlete, a world class athlete, and drinking alcohol beverages and things like that. it just doesn't mix. >> larry: did you ever play while drinking? >> not while drinking. but i did like the night before. maybe you wake up in the morning -- >> larry: how did you keep the marriage going? >> oh, it was rough. it was rough. she was tougher than i was. >> larry: how about medication? >> never -- medication. >> larry: you are not on medication now? >> no, never. >> larry: we'll give you some
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championship ring. got it last night. let's tell you more about the ring. adorned with a piece of the actual ball used in game seven of the 2010 nba finals. the two larry o'brien trophies representing back-to-back titles are made from a custom batch of 18 carat gold. 16 oversized round brilliant white diamonds indicate the 16 championships the laker franchises won. each player is immortalized with a three dimensional sculpture of their face on the really respective rings. the final score of the lakers 83-79 game seven game victory over the celtics is represented on the side of the ring in scoreboard fashion. i guess you could say it's priceless. >> yes. >> larry: all right. how does this raffle work? you're going to raffle it off. how's it work? >> we raffle it off. we give more fans the opportunity to participate.
because i didn't want to just sell it or auction it off -- >> larry: you by a raffle ticket? >> you buy a raffle ticket for $2. a minimum of five raffle tickets. and all the money will go towards mental health awareness. whether it's a school or community centers trying to provide psychologists for kids who don't have, you know, the means to pay for therapy. when i was young, luckily, when i was 13, i had my psychologist was paid for. my mom found an organization where i could get help for my anger management. now that i'm older and in the nba, i can pay for the stuff. it's easy. i have marriage counseling. parent counseling. i was a young dad, so i had to become a better dad. i had anger management counseling. some kids can't pay for that. white, black, asian, mexican, whatever. it leads to foster homes. you know. and then it just kind of recycles itself.
welfare and all this stuff. kids don't know how to deal with their problems. >> larry: all right. anybody watching, you can start buying tickets right now. ticket, at $2 each. you must buy 5 tickets, right? you got to invest $10. how do you go? online? >> you can go to ronartest.com. >> larry: ronartest.com. >> it's real simple. once you go to ronartest.com, you're going to see "win my bling." just click on that. >> larry: win my -- why do you call it a bling? >> that's what the website people came up with. i was kind of questioning that also. but bling is like, you know, it's like a young term. >> larry: and when will the raffle off take off? >> it will start right now, live on "larry king" tonight. and the winner will be picked on christmas day. >> larry: christmas day. where will that occur, at the game? >> the winner will be picked on the website. >> larry: you're playing the heat? >> we're playing the heat. after the game, we'll pick the winner. the winner will get a chance to come, we'll fly you into l.a.
and you'll win two tickets to the game. the four seasons is sponsoring a hotel room for the guest also. >> larry: and then you get the ring. >> you get the ring. >> larry: you could win this ring for $10? >> for $10. >> larry: you could buy thousands of tickets if you want, right? >> right, you're win it for $10 and you do what you want to do with it. it's definitely a tribute to kobe bryant, you know, for just being there, being a great leader. and actually i want to give you this book signed from derek fisher. >> larry: "character driven." >> "character driven." he gave this book to the whole team last year. he gave a speech right after the third quarter and we was down 13 points in game seven, the last game of everything. and the speech he gave was amazing. it show what type of person he is. five rings. a champion at heart and in the soul.
he signed that book for you. >> larry: he has a very ill daughter. how is she doing? >> she's doing great. his family's doing great. >> larry: you had an ill son, right? >> i had an ill daughter. she had wilm's tumor. cancer in the kidney. the commissioner of nba led me to some great doctors and everything so it's great. >> larry: ron has gotten many commendations from the city of los angeles. the key to the city of las vegas. all for the work he does for mental health. and now you can go, right now, and buy a raffle ticket for this ring. you go to ronartest.com. ronartest.com. and then when you get to there, you hit what? >> "win my bling." >> larry: "win my bling." hear what his fellow lakers have to say, next. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis,
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>> larry: what do ron's guys say about him? >> it's unselfish and it speaks to ron and his character as a person and stands up for what he is believing in. >> he's doing it from the heart. >> he has a passion for the game and a passion for helping people and those are great attributes for having him on a team. >> and it just shows what a big heart you have. >> love you and love what you are doing, keep doing your thing. >> wish you the best of luck with raising a lot of money in the auction of the ring and i compliment you on it. >> we will support you any way
we can, and have a good time on "larry king." >> yesterday we were getting the rings and everybody was like, are you not excited. and i grew up with lamar since i was 12 years old, and without those guys i don't have a ring, and people don't understand that, you know, when i say that i mean that without those guys i don't have a ring, and this whole day is made possible because of my teammates, so we are altogether. >> larry: what a story. mow moments with ron artest after this. we got it. thank you very much! check it out. i can like, see everything that's going on with the car. here's the gas level. i can check on the oil. i can unlock it from anywhere. i've received a signal there was a crash. some guy just cut me off. i'll get an ambulance to you right away. safely connecting you in ways you never thought possible.
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>> larry: some lucky person's going to win this ring, and it all started tonight on this show. hit the clicker. go to ronartest.com, "win my bling." there's the ring. $2 a raffle ticket. you must buy five tickets. you've got to spring for ten bucks. we understand that ron artest likes to rap. watch. ♪ moment of silence for those who make going hard ♪ ♪ a lifestyle, got to get it right now ♪ ♪ i'm in the spotlight when they turn the lights down ♪ ♪ only a jam swinging hardest in the 12th round ♪ ♪ i love the fourth quarter, i love the ninth inning ♪
♪ ♪ bring on the competition, because in my heart can't nobody do it better ♪ >> larry: wow. new careers, is this going to be your career? are you going to go back to architecture? what are you going to do? >> architecture would be great. we wrote that song june 30th right when i signed with the lakers and a year before the championship and then when we won, it was like, wow, one of my friends helped me put the record out and it was fun. we recorded that right before championship, it was perfect timing. >> larry: we understand we've nearly crashed ronartest.com. so we're going to give you an alternate site. you can go to netraffle.org. that's netraffle.org. so we've crashed your site. >> wow. >> larry: we have destroyed your site. the site is exploding.
>> nobody destroys ron artest. >> larry: somebody is going to win this. how do you feel about all this? championship, look at how far you've come. >> i've come a long way. just learning about myself. you know, it took a long time for me to get to this point and not get frustrated on myself all the time. just learned about myself, and i had to dig deep with my psychologist, trying to figure out what type of person i am. because at one point i didn't know who i was and what i was doing at one point. there's a website called childrenunitednations.org. daphne is great, she's got a program teaching you how to fix scars kind of mentally in some children's brains. it's interesting, but just finding yourself. and it took me a long time to do that. >> larry: you're a great story. how much money do you think you're going to raise? going up to christmas. >> originally i thought it could be a million or two,